“Dunkirk” is ahead to win Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, and it’s no wonder since action-packed war movies often do well in audio categories. If the film indeed wins the award for its sound editing, it would additionally make history as Richard King would set a new record for the most wins in that category.
There is currently a six-way tie for the most Sound Editing wins. Ben Burtt, Charles L. Campbell, Per Hallberg, Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom and King have three victories apiece, including years when the prize was handed out as a special achievement award and not a competitive Oscar. King previously won his Oscars for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Inception” (2010), and he earned additional nominations for “War of the Worlds” (2005) and “Interstellar” (2014). For his work on “Dunkirk” he’s nominated alongside first-time Oscar-contender Alex Gibson, and they’re the overwhelming front-runners to win with leading odds of 2/11. That would give King a record fourth victory.
Those odds are based on the combined forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. That includes 27 Expert journalists from top media outlets we’ve polled, 23 of whom say “Dunkirk” has the advantage: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Erik Davis (Fandango), Edward Douglas (The Tracking Board), Grae Drake (Rotten Tomatoes), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (NewNowNext), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Krista Smith (Vanity Fair), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Sara Vilkomerson (Entertainment Weekly), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
“Dunkirk” is also backed by all of our Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, 23 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Oscars and all of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Oscar predictions.
But watch out for “Baby Driver” sound editor Julian Slater, who ranks second in our predictions with 12/1 odds and support from three Experts: Andrea Mandell (USA Today), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere). “Blade Runner” sound editors Mark Mangini and Theo Green aren’t far behind with 20/1 odds and support from Expert Tim Gray (Variety) and one of our Top Users.
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